While most of us associate the Christmas season with gatherings of family and friends, there are many whose holidays are crushed by the harsh realities of simply making ends meet. This holiday season, The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps will bring hope to hundreds local families who desperately need a helping hand. James Gingrich, commanding officer in East Stroudsburg said, “The Salvation Army will provide food, clothing and emergency assistance to people in real need in our community at Christmastime as we’ve done for over 150 years in America. We need to raise $150,000 to accomplish this, and will launch our 2017 Campaign with our Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast on November 1 at 8:00 am at Stroudsmoor Country Inn.” This year’s event will feature special guest speaker Craig Poland, CEO Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Kettle Kickoff Breakfast is open to individuals and businesses with a format that creates teams by table whereby attendees make donations into their Kettle with the table with the largest donation receiving the Red Kettle Award. The team with the highest giving for the event gets their name engraved on the award and keeps it to display in their business or organization for a year. Tables for the one hour event are $176 for eight which includes an all you can eat buffet breakfast, music, a brief program and the opportunity to give back to the community while launching the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign.
Gingrich continues, “Traditionally, The Salvation Army’s bell ringers through our Red Kettle Christmas Campaign generate a large percent of the community-wide support needed for our feeding and sheltering programs. Three years ago we introduced the Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast to raise awareness and reach out into the community because of the impact of online holiday shopping on visitation to stores. While our monies have declined for a variety of reasons including the closing of locations, our requests for assistance continue to be on the rise.”
The majority of the Salvation Army’s local programs such as food baskets, hot meals, nights of shelter, rental assistance, clothing, Christmas toys for children, nursing home visitation, and disaster service response rely directly on community support and giving. Gingrich said, “We are more determined than ever to help our neighbors bridge the gap between their resources and the cost of acquiring basic human needs. For that, we are asking friends and neighbors for help in the form of cash donations to the Kettle campaign. They can do so by attending an event, putting money in our Kettles or donate online at our website.”
He concludes, “Your donations stay in Monroe County to directly help those less fortunate in our community with food, toys for their children and shelter. As our list of families in need during the holiday season continues to grow exponentially, so does our need for the community to open their hearts and wallets to giving. We thank Mr. Poland for being our inspirational speaker and his contribution to our anticipated success of this year’s Kettle season.” For information about the Salvation Army’s programs, to request a Kettle to be placed at your business, reserve a table for the Red Kettle Breakfast or to volunteer to be a ringer, please call Major James Gingrich at (570) 421-3050.
About The Salvation Army in Monroe County
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 150 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For information or to donate, go to www.salvationarmyeaststroudsburg.org